Widowed van driver Bob Naylor is prodded into joining the Chichester Writers' Circle by his teenage daughter. Bob writes limericks and jingles, and fears he will be out of his class amongst the literati. But the members of the circle come from all walks of life and practice many forms of writing, from fantasy to household hints. There seems to be nothing about any of them to incite a serial killer. However, there is an arsonist in their midst, burning his victims to death, and Bob becomes a suspect. To clear himself, he must cooperate with formidable Detective Chief Inspector Henrietta Mallin.
©2005 by Peter Lovesey. All rights reserved. (P)2010 BBC Audio
No. Because now that I have read the book, I know the details of the mystery and who did what.
Yes, the book is well written and designed to keep one reading.
The chief detective was a favorite.
A mystery sure to become a classic.
Read it and enjoy.
Another entertaining book by Peter Livesey. Though the solution is quite convoluted and improbable. Prebble is terrific as ever. An amusing nod to Agatha Cristie was a nice touch
I always enjoy listening to Simon Prebble and that may be one of the reasons I enjoyed this listen. If you are an aspiring writer or a member of a writer's group, you will enjoy this book. I loved the quotes about writers at the beginning of each chapter. This is barely about a police investigation, most of it is from the POV of members of the writing circle. I was surprised by the ending. The cover says there is an appearance by Peter Diamond but I don't know that three or four lines of dialogue unrelated to the story merit mentioning his name on the cover of the book.
Absolutely. I've read all of Lovesey's Peter Diamond and Hen Mallin books and loved them, but hearing them read by a talented performer is the tops.
Naomi and Zach's collaboration on the e-book, probably. Her no nonsense approach and his private thoughts are priceless.
I confess that I look out for audio books narrated by Simon Prebble. He does a great job distinguishing between the characters with his vast arsenal of "voices". He uses accent, inflection, tempo, volume etc., to the best advantage. A wonderful performer!
Oh my, yes. I laughed a lot. Mr.Lovesey is hip to the vernacular. The characters and dialog are priceless!
I liked the dry, sardonic wit with which Lovesey writes. His characters may sometimes be caricatures but rather deliciously so. Bob Naylor, one of the primary characters, is particularly effective.
I liked the illustration of aspiring authors and their sad franticness.
He has an excellent voice--I love British accents.
Yes, but I carefully allocate my Audible reads to when I am working out at the gym. This one motivated me to work out longer, which is always a plus.
I am a rather old-fashioned lover of the Golden Age of Mystery novels. I believe that Lovesey writes in that style. I will be buying more of his books.
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